“You want a war! I’ll give you…..a war!” The Postman, 1997. Game 4 in the Music City was just that, a war. For the 2nd straight game, the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues combined for over 60 hits. These were not your regular hits, these were big boy hits. At times, it seemed the players on the ice were more concerned with laying a boom than playing the puck. For us as fans, it was fun to watch, for the players it had to mean ice packs were coming that night. Eventually, the Predators would break through for a couple of goals in the 3rd and win the game 2-1 for a 3-1 lead in the series.

Early in the game, Pekka Rinne had to be sharp, as Vladimir Tarasenko would get a couple of wide open chances to score. Rinne would win those battles.

Moments later this happened:

The 1st period would then become more about who was going to be more physical and win all the puck battles. The teams combined for 16 shots on goal total for the period. This trend would continue in the 2nd has they would combine for only 17 shots between them.

Just over 4 minutes into the 3rd period another scrum would end on a Predators power play. Finally, the Predators broke through has Ryan Ellis scored in his 3rd straight game and extended his point streak to 7 games, tying a Nashville playoff record. Ellis now has 4 goals and 5 assists and currently leads the team in points, as his coming out party continues. About 8 minutes later James Neal threw a seeing-eye shot through the defenseman’s legs and over Jake Allen’s shoulder to give the Preds a 2-0 lead. Jake Allen probably wants that one back bad.

St. Louis would score with just under 4 minutes to go in the game. Joel Edmundson blasted one by Rinne to cut the lead in half. Nashville would do a good job down the stretch, with the St. Louis net empty, keeping the Blues to the outside and not allowing them to get any dangerous chances. This game was just a mean game, both teams played hard and fast and physical. Game 5 will most likely be more of the same as the Blues will be playing for their playoff lives.

Game 5 is Friday night in St. Louis at 7:00 pm CT.

Daniel Jones

My name is Daniel Jones, I am from the Washington D.C. area originally, but have lived in Nashville, Tn since 1983. I grew up a fan of the Washington Capitals and I am still partial to them. However, I became a day 1 season ticket holder with the Nashville Predators when they arrived. My wife and I have been hardcore Preds fans ever since. Being asked to cover to the Preds for Puck Planet is both a dream and an honor. I hope to do both the website and Predator fans proud.

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